Mechanics’ Weekly Scholastic Online

Chesskid.com — Mechanics’ Institute
weekly on Sunday and Saturday, starting from Saturday, January 2, 2021, until Sunday, December 26, 2021

Event Overview

Recurring Weekend USCF Online Rated event

via ChessKid.com - Open for all scholastic players!


More information: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/uscf-online-rated-scholastic-tournaments-2021-chesskidcom

 

1. Upcoming Schedule

 
Date Day Start time
(Pacific Time)
Time Control Important Information & Links
7/31 Saturday 3PM 6 games of G/15+2  Register: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2021OnlineTournaments/ScholasticOnlineRatedTournamentJul31SAT
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=571413
8/1 Sunday 3PM 5 games of G/8+4 FREE EVENT: 2021 Summer Mechanics' Players Appreciation Event
Register for free: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2021OnlineTournaments/MechanicsPlayersAppreciationTournamentAug1SUN
Link to join the tournament: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=613944
8/8 Sunday 3PM 6 games of G/10+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
8/15 Sunday 3PM 8 games of G/5+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
8/21 Saturday 3PM 4 games of G/20+10 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
8/29 Sunday 3PM 6 games of G/10+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
9/4 Saturday 3PM 6 games of G/15+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
9/12 Sunday 3PM 8 games of G/5+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
9/18 Saturday 3PM 4 games of G/20+10 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
9/26 Sunday 3PM 6 games of G/10+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
10/2 Saturday 3PM 6 games of G/15+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
10/10 Sunday 3PM 8 games of G/5+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
10/16 Saturday 3PM 4 games of G/20+10 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
10/24 Sunday 3PM 6 games of G/10+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the tournament: coming soon
10/30 Saturday 3PM 6 games of G/15+2 Register: coming soon
​Automatically run tournament by chesskid.com.
Link to join the
             

 


2. Platform

3. Tournament format:

  • Tournament format: automatically paired Swiss.
  • Total Round: varies per event - usually minimum 4  -- maximum 8 - please see FAQ for explanation of round numbers.
  • Round times: no set round time - rounds are automatically paired and started once the previous one finished.
  • Time control: varies per event - please see FAQ for explanation of time control.
  • Games will be US Chess online rated - tournament will be submitted 4-10 days after the tourament to allow all games to be screened for fair play.
  • Sections: one Open section OR Two sections based on ChessKid rating (Open & under1300 ChessKid Rating)
    -- number of sections will be based on number of registered players the day before the tournament - please check back for more information!
  • Pairings are based on current (actual) ChessKid ratings at the time of the start of the tournament.

3.A. How to Play?

  • Welcome email is sent out before the tournament that explains all the details how to play in the tournament. Be sure to provide a correct email when registering for the event!
  • Players must be logged in to chesskid.com
  • Players may join the tournament 30 minutes before it begins by going to Play Vs Kid, the tournament will show up on the right side of the board.
  • Players MUST click the orange JOIN button of the tournament which should appear below on the right - this can not be done for them.
  • Players MUST be active on the tournament page in order for the system to pair them for the next round.
  • Welcome email will list a contact phone number that is available during the event in case any problem.
     

4. Byes

  • Since tournament is automatically run on ChessKid - no byes are possible.
     

5. Awards -- Updated to fit the 2 sections setups too!
 

  • Two Sections:
    • Minimum Top 5 overall player
    • Additional prizes will be added based on number of players:
      6 round tournament - anyone with 3.5 points or more
      4 round tournament - anyone with 2.5 points or more
      8 round tournament - anyone with 4.5 points or more

       
  • One Section:
    • Top 5 players and Top 3 of under800 and Top 3 of under400.
      * based on USCF Online (ONL) or regular (OTB) rating, whichever is the higher! **
      This is due to more and more kids starting to have online rating, and it reflects their true strenght better, also encouraging players to participate in online events.
      We reserve the right to use TD discretion.

       
  • Award pick-up:
    NEW: As of 7/25 please note that we'll only mail medals and scorebooks. We will stop offering mailing the trophies, and whoever wants to get the trophy may come to Mechanics' to pick it up. Thank you for your understanding.

    Please fill out this form to request your award: https://forms.gle/7CTFnNaBUt97uU7Y9

     

6. Registration

  • Special Mechanics' member / non-member pricing for the recurring weekly tournaments:
    • MI library member: $15
    • Non-MI library member: $25
       
  • Suggested registration deadline: 2 hours before the tournament - in order to give time for the organizers to forward Welcome email, and make sure that the ChessKid user name is in the correct online club. Any registration within 2 hours of the tournament start might result in missing the first round or the tournament. We will reschedule the registration in this case for an upcoming weekend.
  • $5 admin fee for all cancellations & refunds.

    Want to Join Mechanics' Institute?
  • It's worth getting the Mechanics' Institute Student membership: Only cost $65 - about 6 tournaments and the membership pays for itself!
    Join here: https://www.milibrary.org/join 
    Please make sure to put Chess as a referred byinterest.

     

7. Eligibility

  • Players must have current US Chess Federation membership. Expiration date of their US Chess membership must be later than the last day of the tournament.
  • Not sure if you have a membership? Need to check the expiration date of your members? Visit: https://new.uschess.org/player-search
  • Become a member or renew your membership: https://new.uschess.org/player-search
  • Players must have a ChessKid.com account in good standing. Any previously closed account must be disclosed to the organizer by sending a confidential email to chessroom@milibrary.org.
  • First time playing in our tournaments?
    All players MUST be a part of Mechanics' Chess on chesskid.com.
    Please follow the step-by-step instructions on how to join us! If you still have problems, please email or message us and we'll help you!
    Chesskid.com is a safe, secure and fun platform for kids to learn and play chess, and participate in a wide variety of activities, including listening to lectures, doing puzzles, playing with their friends, and participating in online tournaments.
  • If you are new: click on this link: https://www.chesskid.com/register/kid/group/QCJJNH
  • If you have a ChessKid account already: Follow the instructions:
    • From a Kid account
      • Login and go to: /settings/account
      • Scroll down and Click the link which says "Do you have a Group Registration Key?"
      • When prompted for a registration key, enter QCJJNH

If you are having problems finding the way, please watch the following tutorial video:  href=" style="color:#1155cc; text-decoration:none; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" target="_blank">
 

8. Tournament rules

  • Standard US Chess rules apply, with special focus on the Chapter 10 Online Chess rules.
  • NEW: Announced variation:
    When a player is removed due to fair play violation, scores will be adjusted as follows:
    1. If two or more rounds remain, all opponents of the disqualified player will receive a win by forfeit, unless they defeated the disqualified player, in which case they will retain a rated win.
    2. If the tournament has concluded, or if there is only one round remaining:
    The last opponent of the disqualified player will receive a win by forfeit.
    Other opponents who lost to the disqualified player will receive a half-point bye.
    Other opponents who drew with the disqualified player will receive a win by forfeit.
    Anyone who defeated the disqualified player will retain a rated win, instead of a forfeit win.

     

9. Fair play

  • Fair play screening: all games will be screened by both ChessKid.com, Mechanics' Institute Chess Club staff and if needed, by Dr. Kenneth W. Regan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo.
  • US Chess online rated tournament - most USCF rules and consequences apply.
  • Players should not use any outside assistance: not have other browsers open and not be talking to other people during their games
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their kids' activity during the tournament to ensure fair play.
  • Players found or believed to be violating fair play are not eligible for a prize and their account will be removed from Mechanics' group.
  • Players who are confirmed to be using outside assistance will be reported to US Chess and restricted from future Mechanics' online and over-the-board events.
  • Parents - Please help us educate your child that IT'S SIMPLY NOT WORTH THE RISK!
  • The Organizer and/or the Chief Tournament Director can require players to play their games with a camera that records the player playing with a view to the screen. Players should be prepared to provide this precaution if asked to do so.
  • Award distributions and rating submission will take place AFTER all games have been screened.
  • For some helpful links regarding fair play, please check these out:
Address:

57 Post street
San Francisco , CA 94104
United States

Sections:
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: Yes

Organizer Overview

Mechanics’ Institute
Email: chessroom@milibrary.org
Phone: 4153930110

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